Ellen Mowry, MD
|Title||Assistant Clinical Professor |
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||350 Parnassus Avenue|
San Francisco CA 94117
An Assistant Professor of Neurology, Dr. Mowry is working to determine if patients with MS who have low vitamin D levels have a more aggressive disease course. She will use the unique UCSF EPIC study, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, to answer this question. In this nearly complete, five-year study that includes over 500 people with MS, extensive genetic, imaging, and clinical evaluations are performed annually, providing a wealth of information to investigators. Dr. Mowry will determine if low vitamin D levels cause people with MS to have more attacks of the disease. She will also establish if vitamin D deficiency is associated with a greater rate of brain tissue loss, which is the cause of long-term disability in MS. Finally, Dr. Mowry will explore if genes related to vitamin D metabolism are determinants of MS severity and if vitamin D is metabolized the same way in people with and without MS. This project will set the stage for a large clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation in MS. The results of Dr. Mowry’s studies will have major implications for patients with MS throughout the world, as vitamin D is an inexpensive, natural therapy that could be used even by those are unable to afford the current MS medications.
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